Beat the Postage Rate Increase

Beat the Postage Rate Increasestamps

One thing about being a pro-active realtor is you go through a lot of stamps!  Well you will defiantly want to stock up on your Forever Stamps because the price of a first class stamp will rise again January 26th 2014.  What used to cost .46 cents will increase to .49 cents.  You know you have to buy them anyway, why not save a few dollars on your budget and stock up on your Forever Stamps now.

If your marketing plan for 2014 includes mailings, you don’t have to increase your budget if you plan ahead and stock up on the Forever Stamps between now and January 26th!  I want to make my money go further in 2014, how about you??

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Lawrenceburg, What Do You Know About this Building?

Lawrenceburg, What Do You Know About this Building?
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Ok Lawrenceburg natives, anyone know the history of this building?  I came across it while visiting Lawrenceburg and it intrigued me. (I am Cindy’s assistant and actually live in Elizabethotwn so this area is all new to me)  I can imagine a hustling business here, but there are no signs as to what it used to be.  It sits right next to a dam too that was thundering behind the building.  We got some great video of logs rolling with the power of the small water fall there.  Just curious as to what the place was in its glory days.

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As a community minded and dynamic residential Realtor, Cindy Crutcher’s intentions and commitment is to be an invaluable resource for buyers and sellers in the Lawrenceburg, KY real estate market.  Cindy is passionate about working and living in Lawrenceburg, KY.  Cindy is result driven and works hard to provide top notch service.  Call Cindy at 502-680-9822 with any questions or for more information.  Exit Realty Crutcher.

Business Building Tool Favorite

 

Business Building Tool Favorite

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Are you using a CRM?  As in any business,  Customer Relationship Management is key to keeping good clients but it’s a top priority to Real Estate.  Personally I love what Top Producer does for my business. If you are currently not using a CRM, you owe it to yourself to check out Top Producer.  Maybe you’ve tried it in the past, but it has come a long way and has everything you will need to run a great business.

The new Top Producer is a Web Based interface and there is even smart phone apps to keep your business close at hand.  From listings to sales, to referrals and daily tasks, Top Producer keeps me in check and in the know about my business. There are lots of training videos to walk you through all the great ways to use the program, and many more you will realize on your own.  We can track phone calls and showings, and keep in touch with our Sphere as well as recruit new members to our team using Top Producer.  If you are going to spend money to build your business, Top Producer should be one of your first purchases.  It will pay off in a big way for you.

If you are still on the fence, leave me a comment and I will reach out to you to help you get started with this one of a kind tool!


As a community minded and dynamic residential Realtor, Cindy Crutcher’s intentions and commitment is to be an invaluable resource for buyers and sellers in the Lawrenceburg, KY real estate market.  Cindy is passionate about working and living in Lawrenceburg, KY.  Cindy is result driven and works hard to provide top notch service.  Call Cindy at 502-680-9822 with any questions or for more information.  Exit Realty Crutcher.

Must See Places In Nearby Nashville Tennessee

Must See Places In Nashville Tennessee
ImageOne of the benefits to living in Kentucky is you are within a days travel
to many surrounding states to include the beautiful state of Tennessee.

Recently, at the suggestion of friends, we visited the Parthenon in Nashville which is a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens.  Inside you can find the statue of Athena Parthenos, a full scale replica of the original. She stands 42 feet tall and has more than eight pound of gold leaf on her as well as lots of  color making it something to marvel at.  There are also many sculptures that are replicas of the originals found in London’s British Museum. You are surrounded by works of art that remind you of the finer things in life.

ImageBe sure to look up The Parthenon if you are in Nashville. I will definitely visit again someday.  It’s reasonably priced at $6 and I think well worth the money. You can also visit the lower level art gallery where you will enjoy a variety of beautiful works of art on display.
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What’s Up With These Funny Looking Fruit? Osage Orange?

What’s Up With These Funny Looking Fruit? Osage Orange?Image

If you are like me, before setting in Kentucky I had never seen the Osage Orange nor had I ever heard of them.  I stumbled across them near a community soccer field and was perplexed by these yellow, heavy balls hanging in the trees.  I picked one off the ground and went home to research what I had found.

The Osage Orange, or Hedge Apple is what I found the fruit to be.  The fruit only grow on the female trees and smell lemony and are a favorite of the squirrels.  I found out they were a natural insect repellant so whether it works or not I am not sure but we manage to find some most every year and put around the perimeter of our house.  Anyone else know much about them? Share your story!

 

As a community minded and dynamic residential Realtor, Cindy Crutcher’s intentions and commitment is to be an invaluable resource for buyers and sellers in the Lawrenceburg, KY real estate market.  Cindy is passionate about working and living in Lawrenceburg, KY.  Cindy is result driven and works hard to provide top notch service.  Call Cindy at 502-680-9822 with any questions or for more information.  Exit Realty Crutcher.

 

Photography Tips to Showcase Your Listings

Photography Tips to Showcase Your Listings

photo(15)aBeing in the Real Estate Industry for many years, you definitely see a lot of what not to do when taking photos to showcase your listings.  The number one thing you need to remember is to stage each photo!  Simply put, clean up the room before you take photos. De-clutter, remove and straighten up to create the best look to show potential buyers.
Usually your homeowner is there when you are taking your photos and explaining things as you go so get them on board by explaining you want potential buyers to see the beauty in the home, not their children’s artwork  or their laundry in the basket.  Nothing takes away from a photo more than clutter so the refrigerator magnets must come down, at least temporarily so you can take your photos.  Junk mail scattered on the counter or table, collect it in a basket rather than leave it in the photo.
It is important to get more than one angle when taking photos, so you can use one for your blog and a different photo for your marketing material. If it’s a small room, just get creative and take one from a normal angle, then another from either lower or higher.  And keep in mind it’s not the furniture you are selling but the walls, floors, fixtures and overall space so just be sure the furniture is enhancing the home photo rather than becoming the focal point.  If there is too much furniture in the room, remove something to make the room appear larger.  Just be careful not to damage anything while you move things around, a quick way to lose a listing.
It is best to shoot interior photos on an overcast day, but take your outside photos when you have the best light on the front of the home.  And just like staging the interior, you must consider the “stuff” that can ruin an outside photo as well.  MOVE that trash can rather than take the photo and those extra couple minutes you took will be worth it!
As a community minded and dynamic residential Realtor, Cindy Crutcher’s intentions and commitment is to be an invaluable resource for buyers and sellers in the Lawrenceburg, KY real estate market.  Cindy is passionate about working and living in Lawrenceburg, KY.  Cindy is result driven and works hard to provide top notch service.  Call Cindy at 502-680-9822 with any questions or for more information.  Exit Realty Crutcher.

 

Who Doesn’t Like Free Kindle Books?

Who Doesn’t Like Free Kindle Books?
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It took me awhile to move from “real books” to Kindle books but once I started, it made sense for a lot of reasons.  To name a few:

  • So many free books
  • No night light required when reading before bed
  • Space required for “real books vs. Kindle books
  • All books available on several devices, can switch devises and not lose your place in the book

So, to share where to find great free books!  First, Amazon.com has a list if you can find it, of free reads.  The list is found on the right hand menu under Best Sellers.  If you open that link, you will see another link that says “Top 100 Free”.  Another of my favorites is BookBub.com which sends me an email daily with about 5-6 free or really cheap books.  As with most free books, you have to download them when they come available, don’t wait because most are only free for a short time and you can always save them for later reading. One more great resource for free books is Onehundredfreebooks.comKnow any other great Kindle Book resources?  Let me know your favorites!

As a community minded and dynamic residential Realtor, Cindy Crutcher’s intentions and commitment is to be an invaluable resource for buyers and sellers in the Lawrenceburg, KY real estate market.  Cindy is passionate about working and living in Lawrenceburg, KY.  Cindy is result driven and works hard to provide top notch service.  Call Cindy at 502-680-9822 with any questions or for more information.  Exit Realty Crutcher.